I use this mat with my younger students to work on CVC words. It can be used multiple ways as well. I start by laminating it and using it like a dry erase board where I put the word family in to each bowl and the students write a word that belongs in that family on a bone to "feed" the dog. You can also fill in the bones before laminating them and use it as a sorting activity.
The kids love to "feed" the dog with their words!